German Doctors Worked with Dogs Figuring out Information About Diabetis Mellitus

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German doctors in the year of 1922, worked with domestic dogs in figuring out more about Diabetes Mellitus. They would take out a small gland located directly under the stomach called the pancreas. After they took this gland out, all of the dogs experienced all of the diabetic symptoms. They died shortly after.

Many dog shelters and labs would have all of them pee in the corners of the labs. On summer days they would leave the windows open causing insects like ants to come in. Since they are attracted to sugar many of them were clustered around the dogs urine in the lab. Even Though this was an accidental discovery, diabetes was now tested through the urine, and since the doctors removed the pancreas of the dogs and their pee was very sugary, blood sugar control was linked to the pancreas. In short, diabetes stops the pancreas from working.

To the people that had Diabetes Mellitus, the year of 1921 was a very important one. It was the year Canadian physician Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles H. Best discovered a special hormone in the dogs pancreas. This hormone is called insulin. July 30th, of 1921 was the year they tested this hormone on the dogs and noticed a significant decrease in their blood sugar. Thanks to J.J.R Macleod, both Banting and Best, purified insulin. After a year this helped lots of people, including a little boy with severe diabetes. Banting and Best both shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine. They became the "discoverers"…

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